Category ArchiveDesign

Design &Rants 19 May 2007 03:34 am

And out goes Bitstream Vera…

I’ve finally had enough of looking at Bitstream Vera, so I uninstalled it. I had previously merely changed the system default to Tahoma via the MS TTF core fonts, which helped immensely, but then today I stumbled upon the Try KDE page. For some reason, they have hard-coded their site to use Bitstream Vera. I suppose it makes KDE users feel at home.

I recognize that it is a free full-featured font, and as such it is nearly their only choice for distributions, but I just can’t stand it any longer. I find it to severely lack polish; some parts of letters are visibly thicker than other, and in odd places. The second font in the list of acceptable fonts is Lucida Grande, so I tested out how it would look in that…

Comparison with Lucida Grande

Should be noted that I do not use font anti-aliasing as I find it makes all text on the screen very blurry, plus I can clearly see the sub-pixel adjustments making all letters have hazy colored outlines. Doesn’t matter what engine is used (even MS’s ClearType), it only makes reading on the screen impossible. I did test whether anti-aliasing would help with Bitstream Vera’s problem, but no, it only made it much worse.

3D &Design 25 Sep 2002 06:00 am


Made in Bryce
Waterscape 3D

3D &Design 10 Jun 2001 06:00 am

Global Warming

Made in Bryce

Global Warming 3D

3D &Design 10 Jun 2001 06:00 am


Made in Bryce


2D &Design 10 Jun 2001 06:00 am

Ice Pentagrams

Programs used: Adobe Photoshop 6

Ice Pentagram 01 2D Ice Pentagram 02 2D

Next Page »